The traditional Christmas meal was obviously designed by someone who had a lot of time on his or her hands. With giant birds, meat, vegetables and fruits being baked, braised, roasted and boiled it’s a meal which can be quite daunting even for the most experienced cook. When it comes down to the big day, though, we all want the same thing, good food enjoyed with family and friends, preferably stress free (though I can only help with the food!).
My recipes here for a fuss free Christmas dinner should keep everyone in the festive spirit. The turkey is simplified by butterflying the breast and stuffing it with a sweet fruit and breadcrumb mix, a method which makes for easy carving. As an alternative to the traditional Christmas Ham, treacle and star anise crispy pork belly makes an exciting addition to your Christmas dinner extravaganza and sides like perfect Parmesan crunchy roast potatoes and a cheesy brussel sprout gratin won’t even have you breaking a sweat! For me the true star of the show is a simple and elegant spiced Sticky Figgy Pudding, slathered in hot caramel sauce with a soft poached fig. Whatever you do choose to cook this year, prepare as much as you can in advance to make life as easy as possible and of course make sure to enjoy the big day!
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